TAFC U15 Girls v. Rushmoor Community FC
9 - 0
Teddington Athletic U15 Girls got back to winning ways today against Rushmoor Community FC with a 9-0 victory at Udney Park Road. Recent performances had been of the battling variety rather been displays of champagne football but today Teddington put the fizz back into their game and came away worthy winners.
A day of dark clouds, chilling winds and driving rain could have diluted this encounter into a weak blend of up-and-under football but Teddington and Rushmoor produced an entertaining and bright game that was a credit to both teams. The wind was in Teddington's favour in the first half and they struggled to control the ball in the blowy conditions. Repeatedly the ball eluded Kitty and Emily up front, the mighty kicks from midfield zipping off the wet surface and going out for a Rushmoor goal kick. It was only when Teddington swapped ends did we see the delights of their passing game. The wind forced them to play the ball along the floor and we saw the best of some accurate passing from Matilda, Abi and Willow.
Teddington were under the guidance of manager Keith Middleton for this game and he employed a 3 girl defence. Kate was the lynchpin in the centre, strong in the tackle, and clever with her interceptions. Harriet on the left and Megan on the right were able to move into midfield when the inclination took them. All 3 had excellent games because Rushmoor Community have improved tremendously in their short history, they threatened the defence on a number of occasions although Jess wasn't really tested in goal.
There were 5 in midfield with Abi playing a pivotal role, she could be the inspiration for a new Marvel comic in the role of Iron Woman such is her strength. In the first half she was steely as a holding midfielder and switched to attack in the second half with some delightful creative play from the centre. Lauren stuck to her task well on the left, she enjoys these games where there is more room to take a touch and link up with teammates. Neave is more versatile than a swiss army knife. She is one of Teddington's most multifaceted players, mostly cleaning up those loose balls but also willing to chop in with a tackle or two. Matilda grew into the match, at first her tricks and flicks didn't quite pay off but soon she was dribbling around opponents and cutting dangerous crosses into the box from the wing. She scored Teddington's 8th goal after a jinking run that cut through the Rushmoor defence.
You could tell Willow was up for this game. In the opening minutes she executed a couple of tasty step-overs before testing the Rushmoor goalkeeper with a shot. A special mention must go to Rushmoor's keeper, she had an excellent game and the score could have well been in double figures by the end. Willow plugged away all match and got her just deserts in the final minutes when with a deft touch she scored a classy ninth goal for Teddington. Full of running as always Kitty was the ultimate team player. Today was no different and she also got on the scoresheet with a good solo run that ended with a strong shot that just dipped under the keeper's hands.
It was heartening to see Sophia get an extended run in the team today, she came off the bench in the first half and made an impact immediately. Her influence lasted throughout the match, her speed always a threat and she has a powerful shot that could slice a defence into pieces. It was the sheer force of her shot that burst through the Rushmoor keeper and up into the roof of the net.
It is easy to take Emily for granted even though she is a proven goal scorer who always delivers for Teddington. Today she most definitely deserves the plaudits, she produced a masterclass that was worthy of being Player of the Match. Her first goal settled Teddington down after a nervous start, the second was a penalty (won by the tenacious Kitty), the third was all about speed, she ran onto a long through ball from midfield and coolly finished. After starting in attack and playing in defence, she ended the game in midfield. It was from here that she scored her fourth and most impressive goal, a mazy run that ended with a shot from outside the box, and the inevitable rippling of the Rushmoor net.
Congratulations to all the girls on an excellent team performance. Thank you to Keith for managing, to Jon for running the line, and to the referee.
TAFC Team: Emily, Neave, Sophia, Jess, Willow, Lauren, Kate, Matilda, Megan, Kitty, Abi, Harriet
Goals: Emily (4), Sophia (1), Kitty (1), Matilda (1), Willow (1)
Player of the match: Emily (Chosen by Alban)
Shots total: TAFC 44 - 5 Rushmoor Community
Shots on target: TAFC 35 - 3 Rushmoor Community